Taman Sari Water Castle Yogyakarta: The Beauty of History and Art
The Taman Sari Water Castle Yogyakarta is the site of a former royal garden belongs to Keraton Yogyakarta. This place had multiple functions in the past; as resting area, meditation area, workshop, defense area, and hiding place. Taman Sari Water Castle is a world heritage site. It is a must visit place in Jogjakarta. And don’t forget, if you want to come here, please use Jogja tamansari tour package from Pamitran Tours where you can enjoy the wonderful building of Taman Sari with unequaled convenience.
The name Taman Sari derived from the Javanese words taman means garden and sari means beautiful or flowers. In the past this place was indeed a beautiful garden with flowers everywhere and bathing complex. It was built in 18th century by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I and finished in Sultan Hamengkubuwono II era. Before functioned as royal garden, this place was known as bathing place. Then after it was constructed Taman Sari became a wide complex consists of 59 buildings including meditation chamber, mosque, swimming pools, and 18 water gardens and pavilions with artificial lake.
Taman Sari Water Castle Jogja though was built in Javanese style, in fact also taking some Europeans architecture under the order of the first architect Tumenggung Mangundipura who has travelled to Batavia twice to learn about European architecture. After Java War during 1825 – 1830 and earthquake in 1867, the complex destroyed in many parts and now only the bathing complex has been completely restored.
Taman Sari is divided into four areas. The first will be the artificial lake called Segaran Lake. The second is the bathing complex called Umbul Binangun. The third area is gone and the forth is in the east of Umbul Binangun. Nowadays the place included in Taman Sari tour is the bathing complex and artificial lake, the long tunnel into the underground mosque, Sumur Gumuling (the underground tunnel), and the ruins of Pulo Kenongo near Ngasem Market.
Around Taman Sari
Kampung Taman is the name of a village around Taman Sari Water Castle. Inhabit by expert artist, known the best for painting, batik, and other craft. If you have enough time you can visit the workshop or boutique and buy their creation. You can also go around Taman Sari village to get to know Jogja’s art and culture better.
Taman Sari Water Castle Opening Hours
Taman Sari Water Castle opening hours is from Monday to Sunday at 8 a.m until 2 p.m.
Taman Sari Water Castle Entrance fee
Taman Sari Water Castle entrance fee:
|Foreign tourist||Rp 12.000|
|Ticket for Camera||Rp 2.000|
How to Get to Taman Sari
Taman Sari is in the south of Keraton Yogyakarta. The distance is only about 1 km from the south square. You can go here by foot from Keraton. Ask the people around to get the exact direction to Taman Sari. Other than that, you can use becak or andong from Malioboro or Keraton. If you use becak and andong you can also stop by to other object such as bakpia factory and so on.